Chungdam, Santa Clara

Reviewer: Foodnut.com

Chungdam

3180 El Camino Real

Santa Clara, CA 95051

(669) 244-4119

Chungdam Website

Chungdam Santa Clara exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Chungdam is Korean restaurant located in the Santa Clara Koreatown area. It has been on our bucket list for a while. A combination of a modern beautiful spot with great Korean food attracted us to this place. We have dined at several restaurants in this area, including: Jang Su Jang, Tobang, Gooyi Gooyi, and Ilbunjee #1.

This is definitely a clean, nice looking restaurant. Make reservations in advance or else you need to wait. You have the option to cook items yourself or have them cooked for you. We asked for the first available table and had food cooked for us.

Chungdam Santa Clara interior decor

Insider Tip – Bring lots of people so you can order more

Cuisine – Korean
Location – Santa Clara
Opened – 2014

Service – Chungdam Service was very good with a friendly server that help us navigate the menu, refill items, and teach us about the food.
Verdict – Chungdam is a beautiful Korean restaurant with some pretty good food. As good as this place is, the Korean restaurants in Southern California like Parks BBQ, are definitely better.

Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Maybe.

Chungdam Signature Dishes – Galbi, Bibambop, galbi tang

Chungdam’s Menu is fairly extensive with lots of the traditional favorite as well as some more exotic dishes.  If you are on a budget, come for weekday lunch, their specials are priced reasonably.

Website Chungdam Menu

Chungdam Food Picks:

Chungdam Santa Clara Banchan

9 banchan items start the meal including some nicely done kimchi, lotus root, and fish cakes. One another visit the items changed slightly to include a beef item. Be sure to ask for free refills.

Chungdam Santa Clara Prime Seng Galbi

Prime Seng Gabli ($48) is very expensive but worthwhile. High quality meat, so you can taste the extra flavor. Not marinated, so you may prefer a different cut. They cooked it for us and cut it up at the table.

Chungdam Santa Clara Seng Galbi

Yangnyum Galbi ($40) or seasoned galbi has a lot more flavor than the Prime Seng Galbi. Meat quality is not as good though.

Chungdam Santa Clara Bulgogi dol pan bibimbap

Bulgogi Dol Pan Bibambop with beef ($18) was a good version of the classic. You can also get it with squid, octopus. They help you stir it up at the table, but we found it lacked an egg. The other 2 dishes were better.

Mushroom Soon Dubu ($13) is a mushroom tofu dish.  Done well and a reasonable size too.

Chungdam Santa Clara Galbi Tang

Chungdam Galbi Tang ($18) was very impressive. Great flavor to the soup along with tender fall off the bone ribs. They give you a dipping sauce and salt combination to accent the meat. If they forget, prod them to bring you some. Highly recommended.

Complimentary dessert soup – pumpkin

OK: (Order if you like this dish)
None

Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
None

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Chungdam Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Chungdam Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Very Good)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
Value Rating: (Good)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Beer, Wine
Attire:Casual
Parking:Street
Reservations:Yes

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    Reviewer: Foodnut.com

    Chungdam

    3180 El Camino Real

    Santa Clara, CA 95051

    (669) 244-4119

    Chungdam Website

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    Chungdam Overall Rating: (Very Good 2.5)

    Come Back?

    Food Rating: (Very Good)
    Service Rating: (Very Good)
    Atmosphere Rating: (Excellent)
    Value Rating: (Good)

    Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

    Alcohol:Beer, Wine
    Attire:Casual
    Parking:Street
    Reservations:Yes